What is art therapy

What is Art Therapy?

 Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. 

There are certain qualifications required of art therapists.

In Canada and the United States, art therapists must have at minimum a master’s degree or a master’s level diploma in Art Therapy before identifying themselves within the profession. This graduate level education includes supervised clinical practicum hours (minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours and at least 350 of these hours should involve direct client contact), thus ensuring the safety of the client as well as professional liability for agencies and employers offering this form of therapy.

Who can Benefit from Art Therapy?

Art therapy is effective for people of any age.  An art therapist works with individuals, couples, families or groups in settings such as counselling agencies, schools, treatment centres, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, correctional institutes and elder care locations.

Where can I Find an Art Therapist in Canada? 

On this website, go to Find An Art Therapist. You can also obtain information from the following provincial associations:

BC Art Therapy Association

Ontario Art Therapy Association

Quebec Art Therapy Association

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